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1. When (if) you are asked to give a public speech, what is your reaction?
- “Not on your life”
- “Depends on the crowd”
- “I love an adrenalin rush”
- “Line up the loudspeakers”
2. Why does Jehoshaphat “proclaim a fast” for all of Judah? What has he learned from his close calls in 1 Kings 18 and 19?
3. In Jehoshaphat’s public prayer, why does he tell God things that God already knows? Is he coaxing God’s cooperation? Whom does he blame for the invasion? How does the king evaluate his chances?
4. Where is Judah’s ultimate focus? What picture do you get from the terse description of verse 13?
5. How does God get his message to Jehoshaphat and Judah? How does the messenger’s ancestry lend credibility to his words?
6. What are the key phrases in Jahaziel’s message? How was the message received?
7. What reassurances did the king give on the morning of the battle? Why does he say “have faith in his prophets”? Isn’t right faith exclusively in God?
8. What happened to the invaders?
9. What role does music play in the battle? The victory?
10. Instead of disaster and loss, what does this battle hold for Judah? What feelings are expressed by the king and the people? How do they celebrate?
11. In the midst of a problem, where is your focus? On the problem? On the Lord? On yourself? What are some good ways to fix your eyes on the Lord? What kind of music or body language might help?
12. How does the defeat of Moab and Ammon warn you about: Alliances with unbelievers? The common idea that the bigger guys always win?